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ORTELIUS, Abraham. Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp: Jan Baptist Vrients, 1603.
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ORTELIUS, Abraham. Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp: Jan Baptist Vrients, 1603.

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ORTELIUS, Abraham. Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp: Jan Baptist Vrients, 1603.

3 parts in one volume, including the Parergon and Nomenclator, 2o (480 x 310 mm). Hand-colored engraved allegorical general title, with full-page engraving of the arms of Spain on the verso, memorial to Ortelius, portrait of Ortelius, hand-colored engraved section-title to Parergon with architectural border, 156 engraved mapsheets, including 38 in the Parergon, mounted on guards throughout, ALL COLORED IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND, many hand-colored woodcut initials (some maps with short tears and repairs to versos, a few maps with minor chipping to green coloring, light browning). Modern red quarter morocco.

FULLY COLORED IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND. This Latin edition published by Jan Baptist Vrients is one of the largest editions of Ortelius's influential atlas. Vrients took over the plates and rights from the Plantin-Moretus press in 1601, adding 6 new maps: Nos. 143-147; 40-41P. The Nomenclator was printed by Robertus Bruneau. Koeman, Ort 36; Shirley 158.
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